Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sugar Bowl - Bama Vs Ohio State -
Tue, December 30, 2014 | link
History in the Making - Bama, once again finds itself
in the midst of it. Alabama and 3 other teams, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida State are taking part in the first ever
College Football Playoff. Bama is no stranger to such historic events, as in 1992 Bama played in the first SEC Championship
game vs the Fla Gators. That worked well for Bama - as they went on to win the National Championship against Miami.
Let's hope Bama has the same result as history is again being made. Speaking
of SEC Championship Games - Bama cruised to an easy 42 to 14 victory over the Mizo Tigers.
The final edition of the "Selection Committee" resulted in Bama being the top seed, and
playing vs Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, as Oregon and Fla State are dueling in the Rose. Winner, will move on to Dallas
on Jan 12 to play for the first College Playoff Champion.
Vegas and most
"prognosticators" have Bama as a big favorite in this game... double digits in most corners - and given the circumstances
that OSU has a 3rd string QB starting in a game this big, it makes sense. However that same QB led the Bucks
to a 59 - 0 Victory in the Big 10 Champ game - vs Wisconsin. I know Bama isn't Wisconsin, but you have to remember
what Coach Bryant was fond of saying, "I don't care who you play, even if it is sisters of the poor, to score (59) and
hold them to zero, that is a good team."
Wisconsin did what they
could to help, with turnovers and sloppy play, but OSU is a great team with what appears to be a very talented offense who
is averaging 45 PPG and 508 Total yards per game, while surrendering 21 and 327 respectively. How does that compare
to Bama ? Bama 37 PPG and 488, defensively Bama 17 and 312.
on paper as you can see this is an evenly matched game. I think all the pressure is on Bama - because of what is at
stake of course the same is at state for OSU, but they were not expected to be this far, and Bama well they were picked by
many to be here.
Advantage to Bama playing in NOLA - easier tirp bigger
fan base, however, remember this is the first time for playoff and many fans likely sat back and waited to see where the chips
fall and plan to make the next step if possible to NCG in Dallas.
hope to make that trip myself.
ROLL TIDE !!!!!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Week 15 - SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ATLANTA
Wed, December 3, 2014 | link
WOW WOW AND WOW - I have been following
Bama for 50 years, I have seen some wow games, but no in my memory surpass the most recent meeting in the Iron Bowl.
Records broken - too many to mention, most points scored by both ever - 99...WOW - Bama
gives up over 600 total yards - WOW and the final score 55-44 not really an indication - as Auburn scored with a minute left
- to bring it from 36 to 44.
Bama trailed by 12 to reel off an
offensive show by Cooper, Sims, and Yeldon like never before. Auburn hitting long pass after long pass, making Bama's
d-backs look like Jr. High players. WOW !!!
Now the next step in the
gauntlet - the SECCG in Atlanta - Bama representing the West and Mizo the East.
At first look this looks like a cakewalk for Alabama - but I am not buying that, because Mizo is well coached, has
a terrific defense - including a great defensive line. They have allowed 19.7 points - Bama gives up 16.9 per
game. Though I have only watched Mizo a couple of times this year, it appears to me they live off turnovers and the
ability to stay close until the 4th and pull out a victory.
look for the Tigers to slow the game down as much as possible and try to cause turmoil with Bama in their big strong D line.
Bama - well I always think Bama will win - and this game is no exception. I do have a lot of concern - and believe Bama
must - NOT TURN OVER THE BALL - BE ABLE TO THROW OVER THE TOP - BE ABLE TO PROTECT SIMS - OR SIMS MAKE THINGS HAPPEN WHEN
HE BREAKS THE POCKET - HAVE NO OR FEW PENALTIES - and one of the biggest weapons this year - WIN THE KICKING GAME. With
that, Bama could run away with this one, but if Bama falters early, or has turnovers, we could have a donnybrook!!!
I think Bama wins in a game that is closer than expected by most !!!
ROLL TIDE !!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
WEEK 14 Iron Bowl #79
Tue, November 25, 2014 | link
What more is there to say? Everyone - or at least
almost everyone - in the state of Alabama knows the significance of this game. This year as in the past 6 years,
two teams play - one for the potential of competing for the National Championship, the other to role as SPOILER.
Bama at home is favored by 9 - 10 points, and I will not use the clichés (throw
the record books out) but we all know there have been upsets in this game, but as in most rivalry games, the favored time
wins "the majority of the time".
Bama comes into the 79th
Iron Bowl with one loss, ranked #1 in the Nation. Auburn comes in at #14 with 3 losses. Bama has everything to
lose, Auburn can save a disappointing season, however a season where many predicted Auburn would have several losses due to
the difficulty of their season. Bama seems to be playing their best ball of the year, and Auburn seems to be slipping a bit,
turnovers, penalties and a drop off in production the past 3 games, make this seem as a WIN for Bama...but again, the Iron
Bowl is the Iron Bowl... always BIG BOY FOOTBALL. I expect this to be no different.
Quickly - last week, Bama seemed lackluster in the first quarter playing an outmanned Western Carolina team, but
seemed to wake and cruised to a 48 - 14 victory. Many of the subs played and performed well. As the fear is with
many of "this type game" Bama had some injuries that may affect them against Auburn. Hopefully all are available
at game time. This was the first Homecoming TIDERIDES has missed in the past 7, but we look to be back next year.
Back to the Iron Bowl - I have so many great and so many Bad memories of the Iron
Bowl - last minute drives, long field goals, runs in the mud, blocked punts, and run back kicks. My favorite would
have to be the Van Tiffin field goal - at the 50th meeting of these two teams. I was watching a game
this week from the 80's when the crowd was split 50/50 - and it was so great to see a sea of red on one side of the ole grey
lady, and blue and orange on the other --- ahhhh... I digress.
that matters tomorrow, or does it ? Yes, it does, those memories and the memories to come are THE things that
make the Iron Bowl the biggest rivalry in College Football.
I must admit,
I am a little sad to see the season winding down... and filled with excitement of the possibility of Bama competing for it's
16th National Championship. But before I daydream about that, Bama has business to tend to in Tuscaloosa
Saturday at 6:45 on ESPN.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Week 13 - Bama back at #1 taking on the Catamounts of West Carolina
Fri, November 21, 2014 | link
Bama catapulted into #1 by taking down the previously undefeated Bulldogs of Miss State - by a score of 25 - 20. After
a strong first half, Bama was a bit tentative in the 2nd half, but managed to hold off a hard charging Ms State team, and
doing so moved to the number one spot in the new playoff polls.
Bama is playing this week in the latest Homecoming game
I can recall - speaking of Homecoming, I am sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstance, Tide Rides will not be participating
in the Parade this year, but hope to be back next year. Will certainly miss the fun and festivities.
is heavily favored in this game, and hopefully will be able to rest some of its starters early. The Catamounts run a
spread, which will likely get some yards, but I look for Bama to build an early lead and continue to add to it going away.
Next week of course the Iron Bowl. Bama holds it's destiny in its own hands now, if they simply win out. Sounds
This week look for Bama to score early and often and enjoy the Homecoming Festivities.
48 - WCU - 17
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Week 12 - Bama Vs Miss State
Wed, November 12, 2014 | link
What a difference a year makes. I know I don't
have to remind Bama fans - and hesitate to do so - however, a bit more than a year ago, Bama lived with that ONE SECOND debacle
- fast forward to last week and add 49 more seconds and Bama fans rejoice. Bama literally snatched victory from the
jaws of defeat, with the OT win in Baton Rouge. It was anything but easy and it was anything but pretty, but it was
also anything but - A LOSS.
The climb doesn't get any easier this week, as Bama
prepares for a difficult game against HailState, the Mississippi State Bulldogs the #1 team in the country. Yes, I too
had to check.. as the Bullies find themselves in a bit of unfamiliar territory - #1 in the land. Bama is (in the only
poll that matters now) #5. However the Tide is - a 7 point favorite. Go Figure !!!
GameDay is in Tuscaloosa for the 2:30 kick, as Bama makes it's appearance in the CBS game
STATE is a very good team, with leadership on both sides of the ball. A team laden with Sr's and of course a Heisman
contender at the helm.
Bama has to be beaten and bruised but you
can bet they don't have to be reminded how important this game and all other games are - a loss is certain death in the playoffs.
I think Bama holds an edge in this game in the Offensive Receivers VS
MS ST Defensive Backs. However I believe QB advantage and the Oline advantage belongs to State. Bama will have to have
Cooper - Yeldon and Sims to play OUTSTANDING games to be able to pull this one off. If the Tide can play the type "Home
Game" they have played all year, Bama wins...going away. Anything short and the Tide will have another nail bitter.
My prediction -